Changing Scope or Research Objectives Procedures
Change in Scope or Research Objectives
A grantee organization is required to seek approval from the sponsoring agency when the scope or research objectives of the project change. Actions likely to be considered a change in scope or objectives include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Change in the specific aims approved at the time of award.
- Substitution of one animal model for another.
- Any change from the approved use of animals or human subjects.
- Shifting the emphasis of the research from one disease area to another.
- Applying a new technology, i.e., changing assays from those approved to use of a different type of assay.
- Transferring the performance of substantive programmatic work to a third party by contract or any other means.
- Change in key personnel whose expertise is critical to the approved project.
- Significant re-budgeting whether or not it requires approval under rules governing budget changes. Significant re-budgeting occurs when the cumulative amount of transfers among direct cost categories for the current budget period exceeds 25 percent of the total amount awarded, or $250,000, whichever is less.
- Incurrence of patient care costs not previously approved and/or when a grantee desires to re-budget funds out of the patient care category.